The new 2018 Hyundai Accent is upon us. It has better looks, better fuel economy, and one fewer body style. The Accent continues to be a top choice in the small sedan segment thanks to its satisfying combination of comfort, style, and performance.
The new model debuted at the 2017 Orange County International Auto Show. It comes as a 5th generation model that the company says is infused with modern safety, convenience, infotainment, and telematics system.
Some of the modern engineering prowess the new 2018 Accent comes with are showcased in its remarkably improved driving dynamics, reduced cabin noise, a more efficient powertrain, a high-tech interior, and an expressive design.
So what changes should Accent enthusiasts expect from the refreshed 2018 Hyundai Accent? For one, the new model’s base engine gets lesser output than before. Nevertheless, the company says the base 1.6L four-cylinder output of 130 horsepower and 119 lbs. ft. of torque is actually more accessible. Torque on the other hand, we’re told, has gone up by 4.5% @1,500rpm.
Secondly, the fuel economy ratings have improved remarkably. According to Hyundai, the Accent now returns 32 mpg in combined city and highway cruising. Thirdly, the new vehicle is more fun to drive. Even while it still retains the basic twist-beam rear suspension set-up, the engineers found some clever ways to get better capability in terms of shock absorber tuning through repositioning the shock mounting points on the rear axle.
Finally, the North American market will no longer have the Accent hatchback option for 2018. So where did it go? As it turns out, Hyundai, for whatever reasons, will continue selling it north of the border in Canada. Rumors however suggest that we’ll be getting the Hyundai Kona as the Accent model’s replacement.
2018 Hyundai Accent Interior Design
The Accent interior continues to be sleek, modern, sophisticated, and confident. For example, the dash layout is uncluttered and driver centered and combines with the premium technology and high-quality materials to raise the benchmark status of subcompacts.
Needless to say, premium, soft-touch materials are necessary ingredients needed to create a comfortable and inviting environment for occupants.
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Prominently featured in the wide instrument panel should either be a five-inch- or seven-inch color TFT LCD display. Beneath the display are logically grouped buttons and controls laid out in a horizontal design.
To help keep the driver and passengers safe, the seat frame, the company says, has been engineered to be extremely strong but lightweight. For convenience and comfort, the new 2018 Hyundai Accent comes with 60/40 splitting standard rear seats and heated front seats. Again, it offers better-than-most interior passenger space.
The new 2018 Accent stays ahead of the curve in terms of connectivity. For instance, it offers auxiliary audio jacks, dual USB charging, and an available SiriusXM satellite radio. Also, drivers don’t need to pull their keys from their purse or pocket thanks to the proximity key with push-button start offered.
For infotainment, the Accent comes a seven-inch Display Audio touchscreen system that features voice-search capabilities, app-based navigation, and smartphone functions via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionalities.
Exterior Facelifts & Redesigns
The new design language that underpins the new 2018 Hyundai Accent exhibits sophistication and confidence. This it does through the smoothly contoured lines and sculpted body lines. Moreover, the Accent continues to feature key Hyundai DNA elements such as the automaker’s cascading grille, flanked wraparound LED headlights and signature daytime running lights.
The side mirror LED turn signal indicators and seventeen-inch alloy wheels also add to the upscale feel of the car.
Aside from the aesthetics, the Accent design is also functional. It has an excellent balance between aerodynamics and design and engineering. The belly features important aerodynamic features such as a lower ride height and a new front –lip spoiler.
Dimension wise, the new 2018 Accent, compared to its immediate predecessor, grows larger and longer. To better illustrate this, the new model’s width grows by 1.2 inches, length by 0.6 inches, while the height remains unchanged. The wheelbase sees an increase of 0.4 inches. The results of the changes in dimensions is better passenger space and a more grounded stance.
Engine Specs - 2018 Hyundai Accent
In this regard, the new model gains better drivability and fuel efficiency thanks to an updated powertrain. The base engine is an updated 1.6L Gamma four-cylinder engine rated at 130 hp and 119 pounds feet of torque. And to make drivability easier, the new model’s engine powerband has improved and has low-end torque.
Buyers have a choice between a six-speed automatic and a six-speed manual transmission. Fuel economy ratings, as already told, have improved to 32 mpg representing a 7% overall improvement.
Also, a variable fuel pressure module, low-friction piston rings, and an upgraded software for the engine control module help the overall operation of the engine.
2018 Hyundai Accent Release Date & Price
Hyundai is yet to reveal pricing for the Accent, but it has to be in the vicinity of the existing model. Even as wait for the information to become available, our crystal ball foretells a possible starting price of $14,745. The release date is confirmed and should be expected sometime this fall.
Competition wise, the 2018 Hyundai Accent will have to contend with rivals such as the Honda Fit and Ford Fiesta Sedan nipping its heels.
With pricing starting from $20,265, the Fit from Honda is an attractive package for its strong fuel economy, massive-for-its-size cargo, and spacious interior. Furthermore, it scores top marks among subcompact hatchbacks in terms of modern tech and unique “Magic Seat” rear seat design.
The Fiesta from Ford ranks atop our favorites in the subcompact segment for a reason. For one, its handling is nimble. Secondly, its cabin is well-trimmed and laden with premium materials for daily-driving comfort. And thirdly, pedal-happy users will certainly appreciate the ST model’s zesty performance. Pricing starts from an MSRP of $14,535 for the most basic trim model.